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Building stronger, healthier communities for all through fair housing and equal opportunities

Originally published by The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  It’s almost a cliché to say that real estate is all about location, location, location, but as every Realtor® knows, it is absolutely true. Where a house, business or empty lot is situated can make all the difference in whether or not the business or house sells quickly […]

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Homelessness in infancy linked to poor health outcomes for children and mothers

BOSTON – A new study led by researchers from Children’s HealthWatch, a research and policy network headquartered at Boston Medical Center (BMC), shows infants under 12 months old who experience homelessness are at-risk of poor health and development compared to their peers in housed families. These results demonstrate the importance of addressing homelessness among new […]

State EITC Expansions Will Help Millions of Workers and Their Families

Originally posted on Center for Budget and Policy Priorities’s Off the Charts: Policy Insight Beyond the Numbers blog. Seven states boosted — or will soon boost — their Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs) this year to help low-wage working families meet basic needs. These state EITC expansions will supplement the federal EITC’s well-documented long-term positive effects on […]

Health Systems Take on Role as Anchor Institutions, Enhance Community Development

As healthcare professionals continue to recognize the impact of social determinants on a person’s health, health systems have welcomed their role as anchor institutions, working to improve the physical, social, and economic environments in their regions. Anchor institutions are enterprises, such as universities and hospitals, that are rooted in their local communities by mission, invested […]

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Why Boston Medical Center Is Investing In Housing

Chuck Gyukeri is a Navy vet who was homeless back in 2009, and has been living in subsidized apartments ever since. Now supported by disability benefits and Section 8 vouchers, he lives in a small, street-level apartment on the back corner of a handsome brownstone near Fields Corner, in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood. The inside of […]

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Better than this: U.S. border policy inhumane

About four years ago my friend Allen, an internal medicine doctor in New York who runs the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture, called me because he needed a pediatrician to go with him and a small group of advocates to visit Artesia, N.M. I asked, “Why Artesia?” He told me there was a military […]

Hunger in Philly: ‘It’s a pain in my belly’

Sister Margaret McKenna’s brown crucifix dangles and dances from her neck as she tills the vegetable garden she’s carved out of the poorest neighborhood in the poorest big city in America. As she works, fat bees float low over the fertile North Philadelphia dirt. Sister Margaret smiles. “I’m so proud we have bumble bees,” says the […]

Panel analyzes ways to increase opportunities through wages and social programs

A report outlining the effects of social programs and removing barriers for low-income individuals and families was discussed at a recent panel discussion hosted by Action for Boston Community Development in Dorchester. The “Obstacles on the Road to Opportunity” report, sponsored by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center and Massachusetts Association for Community Action, concluded that wage […]

Help Shelter Children from the Health Risks of Housing Insecurity

Imagine a single mother whose 3-year-old child has autism. Consider the time required to access developmental services vital to helping her daughter thrive. Add in the fact that there’s no space in a fully subsidized child care program that can give her daughter the supports she needs. This means the mother has to pay for […]

The Daily Record announces Top 100 Women honorees

Children’s HealthWatch PI, Maureen Black, was recently honored as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women. ————– The Daily Record has announced the honorees of its 2018 Maryland’s Top 100 Women awards. Fourteen women will be inducted into the Circle of Excellence, receiving the award for a third and final time. A panel of business professionals […]